TaiKiKen European Federation, TEF


Tai Ki Kenpo
Tai Ki ken or Great Ki Boxing is a universal oriental 'fighting art', devellopped by headmaster Sawai Kenichi. Because of it's Chinese wushu (Yi-Chuan) and Japanese budo-background it forms an unique blend of nei-chia (internal) and wai-chia (external) -Budo.

TaiKi stimulates our personal and universal 'yuan-chi'...which can only be experienced and devellopped by personal ki-training.
Under guidance of a good teacher one can learn how to move, feel, think and act spontaneously and freely....in order to stay healthy, move like a master and defend yourself adequately.

Let us first make clear our aims where we go for in TaiKi:

We want students -under good guidance- to learn how to develop and use their yuan-chi, in order to master it and:
o through TaiKiKen Ki-training we want to achieve and sustain a good mental and physical health and fitness ( Chi kung /Yang Sheng kong)

o to learn the correct use and control of our ‘yuan-chi'
in every day life as well in the fighting arts
o to move finally without hindrances and spontaneously in the Tai-Ki way of moving (mastermoving)
o to be able to act, move, feel and think free without
hindrances and to be able to express our intentions optimally (Yi-training) and to be fully ourself
o Tai-Ki-Kenpo wants to be a means towards personal growth and personality education
o to be able to defend oneself adequately and be able to fight efficiently (budo and wushu aspects)
o with Tai Ki we want to deepen the insight in the own martial culture especially and deepen the insight in and make transfer to other (martial) cultures in general.

As given to me by master Sawai Kenichi as his direct student since 1967 and appointed Kyoshi Master-Teacher and TaiKiKen Hanshi.

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu

TaiKiKen Ken-jutsu
the use of the Ken leads to ulitmate precision and tuning of your actions. Just like in TaiKi

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012

Intn.FEKAM KarateTeachers Seminar France 24-25 march 2012
Daan Dirkson: When it was not expected at all, our dear Kyosi got surprised by sensei Gruss' initiative to honor him. We just saw 20+ karateka's got their certificate for 2th dan and up to even 8th dan, when monsieur Gilbert et le president de Fédération Européenne de Karaté Do et d'Arts Martiaux Traditionnels invited our unsuspecting teacher to grant him with a ninth dan certificate. They saved the very best for last! Congratulations Sensei Kallenbach! Sensei Gruss and Sensei Kallenbach are old opponents but became good friends and stayed in contact all those years. Both with great Budo heart and mind have made a indelible contribution to the world of Martial Arts, hence the award to our Sensei during this special event. Over 230 karate teachers and assistant teachers joined together in Amberieu en Bugey near Lyon to train with Sensei's Gruss, Bigot and Kallenbach. Different lectures were given to inspire the mainly black belt Karateka's from 8 different country's (France, Netherlands, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Swiss, Algeria and Canada), varied by a live Budo-paint session and a Japanese drum show. The contribution of our Tai Ki ryū was very well received and created new possibilities for many of the participants in the way they look at movement in general and move in their Martial Art in specific as they told us in their feedback afterwards. This was also due to their own openness and great effort they put in to this weekend. Combined with very nice weather and a great organization this Seminaire des Professeurs d'Arts Martieux was a great success and a honor for me to be a part of. Thank you Jan. I will post some pictures for illustration. Onegai Shimasu, — with Jan Kallenbach.


 Tai Ki Ken in Corona times, is practised in the nice Amstelpark in Amsterdam.

 Every Saturday morning from 09.30 - 11.30 we practise there. During the week on wednesday and monday evening we manage to come together & train in the dojo where we follow strict Corona restrictions and have a good ventilation.


TAI KI KEN Honbu Dojo Amsterdam Netherlands 
wishes all our friends and budo-friends a good, 
healthy and true Budo-Year 2015

                                   Jan Kallenbach and TaiKi members


The Introduction Week for the 220 Freshmen students of the Codarts Hogeschool of Music, Dance and Circus Arts in Rotterdam started with a TaiKi Body & Mind Training...
inside the Codarts Circus Hall at the Veerkade, 
at a unique location just opposite the famous New York Hotel of the former Holland Amerika Line


Honbu Dojo will organize TaiKi-Iai Presentations 
as a proof of ability - July 2014

                                                   members are ready for it

tameshi-giri belongs to the iai-do training


the 2nd TaiKi Renshi Teacher Training on 29th of April 2013

                                                                          iai-do kamae

                                                                               ken-jutsu vs bo

Some important Taiki Honbu Messages:

we will have more Renshi teachers active on every Saturday morning training...up to the start of the Summer Recess.
On the 8th of June we will have the 3d and last Teacher Seminar Training before the Summer
On the 3th/6th of July....TaiKi students have to show their progress and level on Muso Shinden ryu Iai..for Sho-den level
Every one wiil prepare also the TaiChiChuan form / the Tanshu with the 5 Chuans. 
Summer Reces: 
from 8th of  July till August 26 (our first training)
40 Years of Shin-ShinBuKen on the 28th of September..demo and party time.
On 9-10th of October: Budo Gala, already confirmed: sensei from Sweden, Swiss, France

taiKi kenjutsu bunkai

Recently our Seniors practice TaiKi Sword...besides my knowledge of Shindo Muso ryu iai-do,
we practise also bunkai and even kumite forms...that enrich our experiences in fighting!


McDonagh TaiKi Shihan,  teaching the Shin-nen Keiko TaiKi New Year Training in his home dojo garden behind his house in Ravlanda Gothenborg.
The Gothenborg TaiKi section is a tight and dedicated group of followers and even in wintertime they train outside....


                     O-sensei Sawai Kenichi TaiKi master, founder of TaiKi Shi-sei Kenpo

Last week we received a very nice painting from mr. Feodor Tamarski,  a wellknown painter and budoka whom we met last FEKAMT Seminar in Amberieux 2012. A real pleisure!
Thank you Feodor!


Photo's of our recent trained TaiKi Principles,

dealing with...attentive posture...TaiKi footwork...tai-sabaki...ki-loaded and disassociated arms...
and a kind of heng-tsuan waza
bo-ken weapon training or actual barehanded attacking...the principles stay same!
Amsterdam October 2012 Honbu dojo 


Mrs. Wang Yu Fong passed away on 14th of March 2012.

We got news from ANYDA and Jeanluc Lesueur sensei mrs. Wang Yu Fong has passed away recently on the 14th of March and at 92 years of age.

Like many other older Chinese m.a. masters and continuing in the footsteps of her famous father O-sensei Wang Chang Zhai - called China's National Fist-  she has known her hardships. Especially during the Mao regime, when during an attack by young red radical Mao followers a gang tried to rob the house and tried to molest her. She defended herself and the house bravely and made the gang withdraw, but got hurt so severly in one kneejoint...she always kept problems.
She was a brave and open women and we could talk with her frankly.

We had met her already before in France when she came teaching Yi-Chuan at Jeanluc Lesueur's dojo. We visited her later in 2003 at her home in Beijing, when we went there to make a movie about the martial arts and its practitioners. See the interesting movie made by Eline Flipse called 'Eat your Enemy' (uitg. Boeddhistische Omroep Ned.) ...in which several other special teachers were interviewd and depicted also, like master Li Yuan Ju and Otake Risuke.
Still a handsome lady with a cerain dignity, she spoke frankly with me about our roots...like the challenge master Sawai had with her father...and how Sawai sensei became his student and frequented the Wang family.
She knew everything well about this period and     spoke begninantly about Sascha san (Sawai sensei) and how he supplied them with food, when there was a crying shortage.
Anyhow a relieving sound for me hearing all this from somebody so close...especially as many modern Chinese m.a. people mostly show a tendency to describe sensei in a negative way!

We stayed a whole day with her and the Yi-chuan group, who invited us for lunch together.
A good and very inspiring moment in my life and and a very nice encouter with the pure roots of Yi-
Chuan or Ta Cheng Chuan. Above you see us both exchanging news and interesting stories. At left you can witness us with her daughter and son...both practicing Yi-Chuan and also in a medical way, as therapists. A nice family, a very interesting meeting with Wang Chang Chai's daughter and grandchildren in Beijing december 2003 and a good memory of this very special women in the martial arts.


TaiKi Seminar in dojo Municipal in Orgeval France, 11-12 Febr.012

the TaiKi participants, far right sensei Stoll, far left standing
sensei Jan...the long one near the centre is senior Frans

Senior Frans Befort and sensei Jan went to Orgeval.
In the dojo municipal where sensei Jeanluc Lesueur teaches regulary...we made a two days seminar.
There were students who really made an effort to
join us, as they had to come far away from the east:  from Graz (Austria) and from the south, from the

with the Hanshi Menkyo certificate from the FIAMT organisation
The weather was real cold, but the atmosphere outside and inside the dojo was perfect!


new training routines with the Punching Daruma Man

Above TaiKi punching
on our new 'Black Punching Daruma'

It gives us nice punching / kicking routines...next to the routines on our usual hanging punching bags, especially as it balances around it's loaden foot. This Daruma has 75 kg of sand in its basement.
So while attacking one always needs to create the right moment for hitting...as the upper body of this Daruma man moves around.
      This Black Punching Daruma was purchased at our ' neighbours'  the AiKi budo shop in Amsterdam.

at left Senior Daan's roundhouse kick



Our 2021 New Year Training, called Shin-nen Keiko.
After our traditional opening with the offering of a cup of sake by
the Seniors to the Juniors, all participants had to make a solo TaiKi practical performance.
One candidate for Seniorship Mark de Jong gave a performance with his electric bass guitar.
He displayed the special TaiKi Qualities with his guitar.
After the training and the performances we joined together for the club's New Year Reception.


Dear TaiKi members....
Honbu dojo announces a new initiative
It is with pleisure we announce a special series of TaiKi training, in which we concentrate on all ins and outs of 'kumite-training', or 'sparring' training in Honbu.
There are many prerequisites coming to the full kumite form...like tuis-shou, tanshu, (pre-)arranged kumite forms and free kumite forms.
In a good dojo there will be alsways a sensei to watch and control if the practitioners are delivering a good fight!
In TaiKi honbu Seniors like to build more experience on this item...interested Juniors can join also after admittance ...and we are happy Senior Marco Kraan, TaiKi Renshi and Senior Robert den Breeijen took the initiative and sensei Kraan is leading it.
The whole activity will stay under full auspices from the TaiKi Honbu dojo and the TaiKi teachers ofcourse.
We want to organize this Special TaiKi Training on every second saturday morning of the month 5 times until summer...from 10.30 - to 12.00 hrs.... with following dates:
11 februari/ 10 maart / 14 april / 12 mei/ 9 juni....from 10.30 till 12.00 o'clock
This means we choose for incorporating this special training in our regular saturday morningtraining, with this aspect that at the choosen days...the attentions goes to the kumite-item mainly.
Regular students can join ofcourse and don't have to miss this saturday. By the way, if you do know an interested fellow- trainee take him with you to our TaiKi training.
Please understand the regular training schedule on saturdaymorning will keep same time...from 10.00 - 12.00, especially for those who want to do ritsu-zen training before.
We do hope to see you and will be joining us...and according to our TaiKi nei-chia adagium and sensei's saying ...
"not every one can become the strongest, but all TaiKi kenpoka have to strive to become the best" ...and this training will offer you the possibilities.
For further info: responsible sensei's Marco Kraan...06 55868126 and Jan sensei 06 24273476
TaiKi & Yi-Chuan Master-teacher


On photo Seniors  Marco Kraan and Hans Bakker during a good kumite in the dojo.
Note they fight barehanded, something we favor in TaiKi... as one is able to use more fighting possibilities than striking only...and will stay certainly more versatile. On a certain level - when there is the necessary control -   one is able to do it this way and for certain purposes we use other materials like boxing-gloves too.

Investigation in Honbu made clear...the students both Seniors and Juniuors want to have more kumite encouters / more training experience in kumite or tanshu.

Senior Marco Kraan (renshi licensed) will help us organizing it. Other Seniors offered their help and sensei Jan will join too.

We want to organize this TaiKi kumite
once a month / once in six weeks...and Marco will
make a schedule. For the moment is decided the regular saturday-morning lessons will be skipped for that special moment then, as we will organize it in our honbu with it's fascillities.

Also is decided that one's budo friends from other
disciplines may join; they have to pay a little contribution. So a saturday morning from 10.00 till 11.30 hrs sharp. Follow the news on this blog /or on the Facebook taikipractitioners account...or on the Facebook taikiken-honbu amsterdam account ...and read your email messages of our tai-i-ken@googlegroups.com  You can't miss it!

Contact the sensei Marco Kraan 06 20443124 / Hans Bakker 06 53328220 and for Rotterdam:
Senior Robert den Breeijen 06 911917868....and ofcourse the Honbu.

TaiKi's New Year Wishes for 2012


Sensei McDonagh and Jan sensei training with the boken in the Japanese garden of sensei  McDonagh in Gothenborg Sweden.
As previously announced,  the coming training period we will continue TaiKi ken-jutsu on a higher level in Honbu. Seniors are asked to find a good bo-ken and tanjo of their own,  as at their level they should master the TaiKi weapons as their own arms!


in memorial: Martin Gravestijn

Good newspaper reading friends acknowledged me about the passing away in august recently of my old training-mate during my stay in Japan in '67-'68 ... Martin Gravestijn (22-3-1937 -  9-8-2011).
After our return, Martin got a job at the police training-center in Ossendrecht. He would go to Japan later several times again and brought a Japanese wife with him.

Martin was a good man with special qualities...as a ikkyu in Judo and Kyokushin karate in the Budokai dojo of Jon Bluming where I taught at that moment...he decided one week before my announced departure to follow me to Japan. He made a shodan under Mas Oyama...but his arms and hands seemed to love the stick..so he concentrated on Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo and that's why he became welknown as a police stick trainer in Ossendrecht. Martin changed to Itosuryu karatedo later and leaves a club, students and children.
See Itosuryu.

In 1967 in front of Mas Oyama's Honbu dojo in Ikebukuro Tokyo with Oyama's famous bull struggle depicted on the wall behind...from left to right the author, the teaching sempai Royama Hatsuo and Okura and Martin Gravestijn.


A resume of our last International TaiKi Gasshuku in Honbu dojo Amsterdam

A  Resume of our International TaiKi Gasshuku in June 2011 in Amsterdam.

                                we counted > 35 participants…with special guests:
            shihans McDonagh (Sweden) and Lesueur (Orgeval, Paris), sensei Stoll (Pyrennees,             Toulouse)…and special lecturer Frank Heckman with a percussionist mr. Ziga from   Codarts (Rotterdam) Unfortunately one of our most true TaiKi friends mr.Jacques Legree         had to stay home…but his nice French team and a Swedish team joined us also.

The Shin-ShinBuKen staff:  Rob and Fred Quant and Jan sensei has a long tradition with gasshuku’s. Already in may 1974 and later when Iwama and Sawai sensei (junior) stayed with us in ShinBuKen, we organized another one that year in Vierhouten, in the middle of the woods of the Netherlands.

We continued these gasshuku or ‘outside training camp’  with several and different unique colleagues for a quite long period (18 times) in Vierhouten since. Later on we even organized the gasshuku in my Academy for Phys. Education and Teacher-building in Amsterdam, the ALO.
McDonagh sensei and mr. Christopher (Malaysia) came, Pascal Krieger sensei brought  a whole Swiss team and in 1994 Sato sensei came over in the ALO to teach. Then we had a period with a lot of changes… master Li came to France and we went to Henabihen, I got a new directory, a new building and our possibilities of lodging diminished…towards  a training for one day only. Sensei Li Yuan Ju taught several times in the old ALO and mr. Shimada visited us in 2005 in the new ALO dojo.

How happy we were when sensei McDonagh and his YoShinKen Seniors took over and treated us with a nice location and perfect budo atmosphere in 2006 Lygnared Sweden. For five years we were their guest, until last year 2010 and we share unforgettable experiences together over there.
At the last European meeting McDonagh sensei stated he wanted to hand down the gasshuku initiative to another country. France and Holland were thinking about it…and as I had a new kind of format for this gasshuku …it became Amsterdam…and in our new Shin-ShinBuKen TaiKi Honbu dojo.

And so Shin-ShinBuKen became the host for the International Gasshuku 2011. Starting at Friday evening 17th  of June and lasting until afternoon Sunday 19th …with a perfect finishing touch of dinner together at sensei Bakker’s.
At Thursday evening we started with a program of socializing, a drink and an Indonesian dinner together…and a perfect lecture of Senior Conradi, yondan aikido about ‘Budo and it’s values’.
We had planned a nice location for our outside morning renshu in ‘het Twiske’ …but the weather forecast was utmost clear: rainshowers!…also on Sunday. So all training sessions (4x)  were given in our Honbu Dojo. And although some could participate for one day only…on both days we trained with over 35 kenpoka…and we managed to enjoy lunch together in our Shin-SBK-canteen and at Saturday evening we had a nice meal in the tavern of ‘het Sluisje’ at the old sea dike of Amsterdam North.
Although we feared several predictable problems…it all went perfect.  Head-teacher in charge Kallenbach sensei had his program and continuing red methodical line ready…and everybody with less kinesphere around seemed to move especially carefully now…and also the close community, the teachers…it  áll created a kind of concentration, a kind of mental melting pot, in which everyone created his own excellence!

The guiding essence of this 2011 gasshuku was…”how to show your TaiKi essence” and “how to handle your Bull”.
A difficult item as many m.a. schools propagate to be and move ‘strong’ above all… with which they create an idea of the modern gladiator…which in no way is a good model to grow and succeed in budo and life. So we wanted to make a statement this time and posed:
                           it is nice to be strong, but is more important to be the best’
                                   and… we don’t fight a bull in the bull’s  way
           we are human TaiKi martial artists and use waza, ki, strategy and human mental power.

Besides the lecture from mr. Conradi, all participants got a lecture from Jan sensei and gasshuku Guideline Paper…so they could  also mentally follow our items.
There was special ‘waza’ instruction…a special lesson: ‘how to play with the elements of moving’,  a session:  performance of waza’ (TaiKi essence) , ‘embu’ meeting with the ‘unextpected’,  tanshu’ (freefight)  and ‘solo tanshu’.
This last item culminated in a perfect happening when mr. Ziga  guided the TaiKi players with his drums and bells during their moving…and so the kenpoka showed their personal and specific  moving signature in  their ‘tanshu-moving’ performance.

We finished with a special grading ceremony…mr. Alain Stoll, a Shotokai karateka yondan, and true shugyosa (see his book: Parcours d’un Adepte) who we know since 1988 and who ever since kept up contact with us wherever we taught…was incorporated in the TaiKi Family and was awarded a Moku-roku Menkyo (yondan) certificate with the Renshi allowance to teach TaiKi.
For him personally a very nice moment after such a long search and of 7 years experience with TaiKi in Yokohama Japan, where he trained with Shimada sensei. Our Congratulations!

After the Reigi…we all departed to sensei Hans and Daphne’s house where a splendid Suriname dinner was waiting for us. The one’s who had to travel home a long way, where treated first and the others enjoyed their stay with the Bakkers’.
Jan Kallenbach
TaiKi Kyoshi

Report from our last International TaiKi Gasshuku in June...Honbu Amsterdam


Posted by PicasaA real special TaiKi ability this time...one has to make a dedicated kick upward...yet so precisely done... the litlle beansack can land on your head. The landing really has to be a nei-chia activity, with your 'whole body'  and especially the head has to move so subtle, otherwise the sack will bounce off for sure.

Dedicated strength, space / environment awareness, adequate displacements. following your 'prey' with your eye ....and at the very moment you catch it with your upperhead. Please learn to move subtle too.
This is Senior Gert Molema in action.